Thanksgiving and Parry Sound

I’m not sure why Lynn and I seem to have a love affair with Parry Sound. Not that I’m complaining or anything, but Parry Sound these days is one of our go-to spots for a day out.

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With fall colours in full swing in the Parry Sound area, we decided last Wednesday to make the relatively short trek up the highway to check the colour explosion out.

Although the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend is traditionally Saturday, Sunday and Monday, I had till Wednesday off work, so my “Thanksgiving long weekend” was a little longer than the norm. I’m okay with that!

As I’ve mentioned before, our leaf-peeping fall colour outings this year, have been met most times with less than perfect conditions weather-wise.

Not this time though. Wednesday was one of those days normally found in the middle of summer. Sunny skies and temperatures pushing 25 degrees Celcius.

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25 degrees C last Wednesday. This morning 6 degrees C. It’s Canada. If you want the weather to change….wait 15 minutes!

Lynn was still road testing a couple of camera lenses, so Parry Sound seemed like the perfect place to give them another road test.

A few pictures from the day.

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This is the Canadian Pacific Railway(CPR) trestle that crosses the valley of the Sequin river through Parry Sound. It is 1,695 feet (517 m) long and 105 feet (32 m) high and is the longest rail trestle east of the Rocky Mountains.

Today it carries westbound rail traffic for both the CPR and the CNR(Canadian National Railway). A pretty impressive sight and very busy to say the least.

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Although very difficult to see with a wide-angle lens on, but while hiking along I spotted a deer(a juvenile – born this spring) across the rail tracks. I then spotted the Mom and another fawn. So, twins.

But, wait for it.

There was but another sibling. Triplets.

A doe having a set of twins is quite normal in a deer population. Triplets occur between 15 to 20 percent of the time. One important point is that triplets are one of the signs of a very healthy deer population in a given area.

The Mom and the off-spring were certainly healthy-looking. Well portioned, not skinny at all, no missing patches of fur. A great surprise to find. They just stood across the rail tracks and watched us for a bit. Once they figured we just wanted to look at them and weren’t a threat, Mom casually kept moving them along, munching merrily on the grass and twigs as they went.

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My favourite picture of the day.

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We stopped and picked up a couple of deli-sandwiches from the local Sobeys supermarket for lunch, devouring them down at the grounds of the Stockey Centre for The Performing Arts on the waterfront.

After getting refuelled we headed over where the railway bridge crosses the Sequin River as it empties into the harbour.14

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One last shot from the car window on the way back home.

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Another great afternoon spent in Parry Sound. I’m sure if we visit any more, well soon have to start paying taxes.

Parry Sound and area is a great spot to visit. Whether it be for a stay of several days or just a day trip you’ll find a ton of things to keep you occupied and entertained.

Check out all that is available at Parry Sound Tourism.

Kind of thinking that for the most part, the fall brilliant red and orange sugar maple colours are behind us now.

But, the yellows of the aspen, birch and tamaracks are starting to reach their full potential. Yea!

Perhaps stay tuned for more pictures and adventures yet to come!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

A Winter’s Afternoon In Thornbury

It has been a week or two since we’ve been on a hard packed trail or knee-deep in snow hiking to one of our favourite spots somewhere in the Beaver Valley or in North Muskoka, or anywhere for that matter. Life and its day-to-day happenings which always get in the way of outdoor pursuits, well they seemed to keep getting in the way. Although, we did manage to hit up Huntsville, ON for the Banff Mountain Film Festival back on January 24th. That ended up being one pretty awesome evening at the Algonquin Theatre.

Last Friday, we headed over to Collingwood to meet with a young lady who is purchasing this particular photo that Lynn captured last year. The picture, which I think is mighty spectacular, ended up being the winner of the “Experience Collingwood’s” 2017 photography competition.

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To our shock and somewhat pleasant surprise, the lady has decorated and designed her living room with the concept that this photograph will become its centre-piece. Making a long story short we’re looking at creating three-panel photo totalling 60 inches long by 20 inches in height.

So, after finishing up in Collingwood, we decided to head on over to Thornbury and Meaford to hike and explore the waterfront.

A few pictures from the afternoon.

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Frozen waterfront of Georgian Bay
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Patiently waiting for a mid-summer night’s sunset
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Foggy ski hills in the background
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Waiting for another summer’s evening
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Smallish Condo’s
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Where “old fishing lures” go to retire
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Old Railway Bridge – Georgian Trail Thornbury
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Old Railway Bridge – Georgian Trail Thornbury
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Old Railway Bridge – Georgian Trail Thornbury

So, when life got in the way and to keep sanity or insanity levels to something manageable, an afternoon hiking along the Georgian Bay waterfront did the trick. And life does get in the way. It gets in the way for all of us. And when it does, getting outside to give ourselves a much-needed mental health break and body re-fueling at times requires being diligent, determined and focused. For many people taking an afternoon to hike a few kilometres on the Bruce Trail or spend a couple of hours walking along something like the Georgian Trail would be unthinkable. We all know that someone who needs every waking hour to be productive with some sort of measurable results or else their day seems wasted.

Nevertheless, warm temperatures, a sun that filled the sky and few hours outside made the world of difference.

Every outing doesn’t have to or need to be an epic adventure worthy of being on the National Geographic channel. Nope, sometimes they just need to be ………………………an outing.

Thanks for reading.